1794 FLOWING HAIR H10C
In 1794, Captain John Kendrick was killed by a shot from a cannon. Kendrick had served during the American Revolution and is believed to have participated in the Boston Tea Party. Tragically, the shot that killed the American sea captain was from a friendly ship and meant as a salute. It turned out that one of the cannons used in the thirteen gun salute had previously been filled with grapeshot. This 1794 half dime recalls the accidental death of an illustrious patriot.
The United States commenced Half Dime production in 1794 with the introduction of Robert Scot's Flowing Hair series. The Mint employed this design only through 1795, which means that the Flowing Hair Half Dime is important not only as the premier series of this denomination, but also as a short-lived, two-year type. Apparently, the federal government did not break down the mintage of this series by date, instead reporting a figure of 86,416 pieces for the type as a whole. Based on extant populations, however, numismatic scholars estimate that only 7,756 of these coins were dated 1794, with the balance of the mintage comprised of 1795-dated examples.